Crysta Jensen is a recently emancipated 17-year-old who, because of her strange, other-worldly appearance and odd eating habits, has always had trouble fitting in. When a strange, but attractive, stranger shows up in her apartment and announces that he’s there to kill her, her life goes off on an even stranger tangent. After encountering her, the stranger, Jareth, finds himself drawn to her and decides, instead of killing her, it is his mission to be her protector, sending them both on an even stranger journey as she discovers that she’s, in fact, not human but fae, and not just an ordinary fairy. Crysta, it turns out, is the daughter of royal winter fairies who were assassinated, and she too has been marked for death.
My Fair Assassin by C. J. Anaya is a novella that is part fantasy, part thriller, and part young adult romance. The author spends almost the first half of the book developing the relationship between Crysta and Jareth, passages that are laced with budding romance and rib-tickling humor as they learn to communicate with other and test the limits of their growing relationship. The second half unravels the mystery of who Crysta really is and why she is on someone’s hit list—but, more chillingly, who really wants her dead. While the ending is not technically a cliff hanger, it does very effectively set the reader up for the next book in the series, and leaves a strong desire to read more.
This was an enchanting story (pun intended) that had me laughing and tense with worry at the same time. One can’t help but cheer for Crysta and Jareth as they each come to fateful conclusions on the proper way forward, as individuals and as a couple.
I received a free copy of this book. I don’t usually give this genre higher than four stars, but I have no qualms about giving this one five stars. It was a thoroughly enjoyable short read.